TRAINER STEVE ASMUSSEN ADDS TO IMPRESSIVE RESUME AS HE WINS THREE AT REMINGTON PARK; TOPS HERE, TOPS IN NATION
OKLAHOMA CITY – Trainers don’t get inducted into the National Horse Racing Hall of Fame without making a few trips to the winner’s circle; it’s certainly no strange venue for one of its members here at Remington Park – Steve Asmussen. As the No. 1 trainer in the country by money earned, he has horses racing at several tracks coast to coast. Thursday night at Remington Park he sent three out that found their way to pose for the winning photo.
Asmussen has won the title 13 times at Remington Park and sits atop the national standings for 2018 as well, having won $20 million around the country this year with his horses. He is a couple of million ahead of second-place Chad Brown nationally. At Remington Park, his three wins moved him to 15 wins this meet and out of a tie for first place with Karl Broberg, who had pulled even with Asmussen after Wednesday’s races. Broberg won once Thursday and is two behind with 13 victories.
Asmussen, of Arlington, Texas, had winners in the first, sixth and seventh races with Sunny’s Funny ($2.80 to win), Como Se Llama ($8.40) and Memorial Drive ($2.60), respectively. Jockey Ramon Vazquez was aboard for all three winners and he moved within six wins of David Cabrera in the riders’ race. Vazquez now has 14 wins this meet to Cabrera’s 20, after the top rider won the feature race aboard Heat Flash out of Broberg’s barn, and the nightcap in the irons of Mr Murph, who shockingly went off at 21-1 odds with the top guy up.
Asmussen was an easy winner in the 2017 race for the title at Remington Park with 82 wins while runner-up Federico Villafranco had half as many at 41. The $2.2 million the long, tall Texan’s horses bankrolled at Remington Park last fall was a record.
In this year’s race, Broberg has made it a roller coaster ride, pulling even and falling back, but he is only two wins behind the front-running perennial leading trainer here now. Broberg is No. 1 in the nation by number of victories in 2018 with 392 visits to the winner’s circle. Asmussen is a country mile behind in second with 261, but Broberg is well behind in money earned in eighth place nationally.
Heat Flash Continues Winning Ways
In the feature race, Cabrera sent Heat Flash straight to the lead out of the gate and perfectly measured the pace so that he had plenty horse left in the stretch as the closers tried in vain to catch the 8-year-old gelded son of Unusual Heat. As competitors began to move forward, Cabrera kicked it into another gear to draw off and win by 5 ¾ lengths as the favorite at 2-1 odds, covering one mile over firm turf in 1:35.89.
Heat Flash earned $9,366 for second-leading owners here at the meet – End Zone Athletics, Inc., of Mansfield, Texas. It was Heat Flash’s 13th win from 57 lifetime starts and he increased his career bankroll to $307,915. He paid $6.20 to win, $4 to place, $3.20 to show across the board. Priest N the Rabbi was second while Chongo got up for third, another head behind the runner-up.
Remington Park racing continues Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 & 15 with the first event nightly at 7pm-Central. The $50,000 Oklahoma Stallions Stakes, with divisions for males and females, will be featured Friday, Sept. 14 at seven furlongs for 3-year-olds.
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